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Irish League Round Up: Newry City relegated as Ards continue survival bid and Glentoran make Euro play-offs

Newry's Mark Hughes shows his frustration as his side are relegated.
Newry's Mark Hughes shows his frustration as his side are relegated.
Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-19 Newry City v Dungannon Swifts - Danske Bank Premiership Newry's Dale Montgomery shows his frustration during today's game at The Showgrounds, Newry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-19 Newry City v Dungannon Swifts - Danske Bank Premiership Newry's Mark Hughes and John Boyle during today's game at The Showgrounds, Newry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-19 Newry City v Dungannon Swifts - Danske Bank Premiership Newry's players form a group huddle before today's game at The Showgrounds, Newry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 27-4-19 Newry City v Dungannon Swifts - Danske Bank Premiership Dungannon's Evan Moran gives his defence instructions during today's game at The Showgrounds, Newry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
¤2 ¤PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/04/2019 Warrenpoint v Ards Danske Bank Premiership. Ards Jonah Heron pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during todays game at Milltown in Warrenpoint. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Newry City have been relegated from the Danske Bank Premiership while Ards' chances of completing a great escape are still on.

Elsewhere, Glentoran secured a European play-off place as they got past Institute and Glenavon rubber-stamped third place with a win over Cliftonville.

Here's all you need to know about the day's games:

Warrenpoint Town 1-1 Ards

Warren Feeney's Ards made sure of their survival with a draw at Warrenpoint to continue their impressive run of results.

Ards have now lost just two of their last nine games and go into their two-legged promotion / relegation play-off against either Carrick Rangers or Portadown in fine form.

Ards were three points adrift at the bottom of the table when Feeney took over in mid-February and end the campaign four ahead of Newry City.

It was a dream Premiership debut for 16-year-old Jonah Heron, whose deflected shot gave Ards the all-important lead. Only brought into the starting line-up thanks to Callum Byers' injury in the warm-up, Heron scored on 22 minutes after a cross was only partly cleared.

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Warrenpoint levelled through Philip Donnelly to level and perhaps give Newry a glimmer of hope down the road.

Newry City 0-1 Dungannon Swifts

Newry City needed a win and to hope Ards were beaten on the final day to avoid automatic relegation.

With Ards already winning at Warrenpoint, it was a nightmare start to the second half for Newry as Paul McElroy hammered a left foot shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to open the scores.

Glentoran 2-0 Institute

Glentoran secured their place in the end of season European play-offs with a win at the Oval.

Nathan Kerr had hit the post for the Glens during the first half and the hosts went one better in the second half when Darren Murray slotted home a penalty after Curtis Allen had been brought down.

A point would have been enough so 1-0 up with ten minutes to go, a play-off place was all but secured as soon as the ball hit the net.

Not leaving anything to change, captain Marcus Kane made certain sure with his fourth goal of the season, converting from a corner.

Glenavon 4-0 Cliftonville

Glenavon made certain sure of a third place finish with a convincing win at Mourneview Park.

The result means the Lurgan Blues are assured of home advantage in the semi-final and final of the European play-offs.

Stephen Murray's double and an Andy Hall set-piece had Glenavon three to the good by the break.

Murray smashed home the opener on 13 minutes and converted the third after getting on the end of Aaron Harmon's cross shortly before the break.

In between, Andy Hall netted straight from a corner-kick, via a helping hand from Storm Hannah as his cross deceived Cliftonville goalkeeper Richard Brush.

Ryan Catney, who is leaving Cliftonville this summer, may have ended his Reds career with a red card having been sent off for a challenge on Jordan Jenkins in the second-half.

Ross Hunter added a late fourth for the hosts.

Coleraine 1-1 Linfield

Champions Linfield left it late to end the season with a draw at the Coleraine Showgrounds.

Former Glentoran winger Dylan Davidson opened the scores with a smashing left foot shot after the half-hour mark for the hosts.

However, the champions weren't going to end the season with a defeat, Daniel Reynolds scoring his first league goal since his summer switch from Cliftonville on 88.

Ballymena United 0-3 Crusaders

Rory Patterson's 10th Premiership goal of the season opened the scoring in fine fashion. He got on the end of a long ball outside the box and, quick as you like, swivelled to smash into the top corner.

Ross Clarke's second wasn't quite as spectacular, a deflection leaving Ballymena's debutant goalkeeper Jordan Williamson with no chance.

It was game, set and match when Matthew Snoddy crashed his third goal of the campaign into the top corner on 55.

Ballymena's Shane McGinty was stretchered off after an awkard landing on 23 minutes, a sad ending to an injury-hit season in which he has only made six Premiership starts.

Championship

Limavady United have been relegated to the Premier Intermediate League after a 3-0 defeat to Knockbreda. They required a win while hoping that PSNI slipped up against Ballyclare. PSNI will now play PIL runners-up Annagh United in the promotion-relegation play-off.

Premier Intermediate League

Sport and Leisure Swifts, soon to be renamed as Belfast Celtic, have been relegated out of the NI Football League.

While their game at home to Lisburn Distillery was postponed, wins for Dollingstown and Armagh City, over Newington and Annagh United respectively, have sealed the west  Belfast side's fate.

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